In Review: Union Jack The Ripper: Blood Hunt (2024-) #1 (of 3)

UNION JACK PAINTS THE UK RED! As vampires inherit the Earth, one lone man has made it his mission to protect it.

Synopsis: UNION JACK PAINTS THE UK RED! As vampires inherit the Earth, one lone man has made it his mission to protect it. But what does Joey Chapman, UNION JACK have up his sleeves? And will it be enough? And WHO will Union Jack have to face to keep London from falling?


The Story

Manchester has become overrun with Vampires and PC Mara Syal is trying to rescue a small party of human beings and get them to safety. Pretty soon things go wrong and Mara and her party are ambushed by a group of Vampires who are looking for their next Happy Meal. Thankfully, the vampires get interrupted by Union Jack who proceeds to rip into the party of vampires and orders Mara and her party to run. However, when Union Jack gets injured Mare goes back into the fray to rescue and get him to safety. As they make their escape Union Jack directs the group to a building that he has been using as a safehouse, but it’s a building that hides a secret.


The Artwork

Kev Walker does a solid job of the artwork and provides us with plenty of action beats for this opening issue. The character drawings of the vampires are truly grotesque but in the best possible way. I loved the sequence where Mara and the group are getting away in their van and we see a bunch of vampires hanging onto the vehicle as they try to wrench the doors open so they can get to their human prey.



This is a great first issue that sets the table for what is to come in this story. I love that I can hear the Manchester accents in my head while I read the book, but maybe that’s because I am from Manchester. I have to wonder if any of the characters are from Wythenshawe.

Overall a great first issue in which we get a great anti-hero or a reluctant hero in the form of Union Jack.

Union Jack The Ripper: Blood Hunt (2024-) #1 (of 3)
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